January 27, 2017 Love is in the air, and what better way to celebrate this Valentine’s Day than with a romantic evening at Navy Pier? If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind experience to surprise your loved one, treat them to a Valentine’s Day Weekend Cruise for a romantic evening on Lake Michigan with plenty of […]
Love is in the air, and what better way to celebrate this Valentine’s Day than with a romantic evening at Navy Pier?
If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind experience to surprise your loved one, treat them to a Valentine’s Day Weekend Cruise for a romantic evening on Lake Michigan with plenty of skyline views, champagne, and music to dance the night away.
Looking to stay on land? No problem! There are plenty of activities happening all along the pier. Riva Crabhouse will be featuring a special a three course pre-fixe menu for couples, and why not attend Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s production of Love’s Labor’s Lost for dinner and a show?
There’s always time for an intimate walk along the pier before heading home. Enjoy carnival games, souvenir shopping and a ride in a heated car on the Centennial Wheel for stunning views of the city.
From everyone here at Navy Pier, we want to wish you and your loved one a Happy Valentine’s Day! Check below for cruise booking information and reservation info for Riva Crabhouse and Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
Centennial Wheel Selfie Station
Love makes the wheel go ’round this February 14th! In honor of National Ferris Wheel Day, which also happens to be Valentine’s Day, the Pier will transform the Centennial Wheel into a giant spinning photo booth, with Valentine’s Day-themed props in each gondola to encourage photo taking and sharing. In addition, couples waiting in line will be randomly selected throughout the day for a special upgrade to the VIP gondola, offering a private, premium experience with four plush seats and a glass bottom for a unique view below.
The romantic evening you have been waiting for is out on the water. Join Odyssey for a Valentine’s Day weekend dinner or brunch cruise. Enjoy stunning skyline views, delicious entrees and complimentary champagne, with plenty of romantic music so you can slow dance beneath the stars. Tickets start at $69.90 per person.
Make this Valentine’s Day unforgettable aboard a Spirit of Chicago Valentine’s Day weekend brunch or dinner cruise. Treat the one you love to a delicious, freshly prepared meal and a night of DJ entertainment, complimentary champagne and moonlit walks with iconic skyline views. Tickets start at $69.90 per person.
With gorgeous views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan, there couldn’t be a better place to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year. Riva is offering a three course prix-fixe menu for couples from Feb. 11 – 14 for only $130 per couple. The menu includes choice of three delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts, along with a complimentary glass of champagne. Reserve your table today by visiting their website, or by calling (312) 644-7482.
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Learn a thing or two about love at Love’s Labor’s Lost at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. When King Ferdinand attempts to commit his kingdom to chastity and scholarly activities for three long years, his courtiers reluctantly agree. But rules are meant to be broken, and when the French Princess and her entourage arrive, the young men of Navarre struggle to maintain their promise in this witty satire about lust and love.
January 19, 2017 Chicago is no stranger to good food. Consistently ranked one of the best food cities in the U.S., the Windy City is filled with game-changing restaurants serving up top-notch flavors and world-class dishes. Chicago Restaurant Week is the crossroads of Chicago cuisine, uniting eateries from Bucktown to Bronzeville in 14 belt-busting days […]
Chicago is no stranger to good food. Consistently ranked one of the best food cities in the U.S., the Windy City is filled with game-changing restaurants serving up top-notch flavors and world-class dishes. Chicago Restaurant Week is the crossroads of Chicago cuisine, uniting eateries from Bucktown to Bronzeville in 14 belt-busting days of food celebration. This event is big, and Navy Pier is right in the middle of it. Here are just a few reasons why Navy Pier should be on your list of destinations during the 10th Annual Chicago Restaurant Week.
First Bites Bash
This year’s kick-off event for Chicago Restaurant Week is a night you will not want to miss. Spend the evening tasting food samples from over 60 of Chicago’s most celebrated chefs and restaurants in Navy Pier’s Aon Grand Ballroom. Toast the evening away with local wines and spirits. The best part? A portion of the proceeds generated from the First Bites Bash will benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Be the first to experience Chicago Restaurant Week 2017 all while supporting a great cause by making plans to attend the First Bites Bash, Friday January 26th 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm in the Aon Grand Ballroom. Buy tickets here.
Odyssey Chicago Restaurant Week Cruises
Good food with a view! Experience superior cuisine while cruising around Lake Michigan. For an exclusive Chicago Restaurant Week price, you can take in the delicious flavors of the city while also taking in the gorgeous views of the Chicago skyline. All cruises dock at Navy Pier. Book your cruise here.
Riva Crabhouse Chicago Restaurant Week
Chicago’s premier lakeside seafood restaurant has pulled out all of the stops for their Chicago Restaurant Week Prix Fixe menu. For $22, enjoy a three-course lunch featuring clam chowder or organic greens for the first course, blackened seabass, spaghetti de mare, or roasted chicken breast for the second, and Crème Brule or gelato for dessert. With a $44 dinner ticket, you can expect a three-course dinner featuring lobster bisque or organic greens to start, a “sizzling seafood feast” for the main course, and flourless chocolate cake or gelato for dessert. Combined with the stunning view of Chicago’s lakefront, this menu is sure to please any foodie, tourist or local. Make a reservation here.
The 10th Annual Chicago Restaurant Week from January 27 – February 9 is sure to bring an unfathomable amount of new and exciting flavors and dishes to the forefront of Chicago’s culinary scene. To get the full experience, Navy Pier is a vital destination. See a full lineup of participating restaurants at choosechicago.com. In the meantime, build up that appetite. You’ll need it!
January 13, 2017 Navy Pier is proud to call a city so full of culture home, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to go in each neighborhood to have the richest cultural experiences. Lucky for you we’ve brought them together, all in one place! Learn more about the cultural foundation of our fair city […]
Navy Pier is proud to call a city so full of culture home, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to go in each neighborhood to have the richest cultural experiences.
Lucky for you we’ve brought them together, all in one place! Learn more about the cultural foundation of our fair city this spring during the 7th Annual Neighborhoods of the World presented by ComEd.
Join us as we honor a different nation each Sunday, beginning February 12 through March 26, in our indoor paradise known as the Crystal Gardens. We’ve collaborated with Chicago’s top community organizations, consulates, and museums to bring you the finest in traditional music, dance, clothing, art, and of course, cuisine.
And did we mention that it’s free?
Get a taste of Chicago’s Polish, Greek, Lithuanian, Italian and Hispanic heritage while reveling in their live entertainment, food and fashion.
Commemorate the beginning of the Year of the Rooster with us on the first day of the festival, Sunday, February 12.
On February 26, experience Brazil’s Carnival in a tropical atmosphere without ever having to the comfort of Chicago.
This year’s schedule is as follows:
Sunday, February 12: Celebrate Chinese New Year
Sunday, February 19: Celebrate Poland
Sunday, February 26: Celebrate Brazil’s Carnival
Sunday, March 5: Celebrate Italy
Sunday, March 12: Celebrate Lithuania
Sunday, March 19: Celebrate Mexico
Sunday, March 26: Celebrate Greece
With so much to explore, you are sure to expand your horizons more than ever before. Find more information about Neighborhoods of the World presented by ComEd at Navy Pier here.
January 6, 2017 The biennial Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival presented by Blair Thomas & Co. returns to Chicago January 19-29, 2017! Navy Pier is thrilled to host The Festival Neighborhood Tour on Saturday, January 21, as part of a larger series of puppet shows spanning six locations across the city. This year’s fest features […]
The biennial Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival presented by Blair Thomas & Co. returns to Chicago January 19-29, 2017! Navy Pier is thrilled to host The Festival Neighborhood Tour on Saturday, January 21, as part of a larger series of puppet shows spanning six locations across the city.
This year’s fest features some of the most prominent local, national and international performers in the industry – Schroeder Cherry, Interstate Arts and Magali Chouinard – performing their works as well as leading workshops and presentations throughout the day. Families are invited to enjoy a full day of FREE entertainment, or drop in on workshops and performances as they please.
All performances are FREE and open to the public and take place Saturday, January 21st at 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm. No reservations are required.
The White Woman – Magali Chouinard brings thirty years of experience to the stage in this fascinating piece exploring solitude as a space where we can discover our true selves. Through silence and deliberate action, and by diverting from a linear narrative, this performance invites audiences to lose themselves in Chouinard’s poetic universe.
PLAY with your Food – This hilarious and bizarre performance, originally crafted by Detroit-based Interstate Arts, is a family-friendly experience featuring a vast, colorful lineup of puppets exploring the many ways we enjoy food! Audience members are encouraged to learn urban gardening, participate in cooking tutorials, and “turnip the beet” with a veggie synth!
Underground Railroad, Not A Subway – A moving and introspective performance directed bySchroeder Cherry centering around a young boy who escapes slavery and is running North to freedom. Along the way he meets many people that influence his fate, including free blacks, slave catchers and sympathetic whites. Featuring a wide variety of hand-crafted rod, hand and wooden puppets, this piece illustrates the complexity of race relations during the Civil War.
If you are interested in attending any additional performances, workshops, or lectures, please visit The Chicago Puppet Theater Festival website for venue locations, times and reservation information.
December 29, 2016 It finally happened. After 108 years of waiting, the Chicago Cubs are finally world series champs! We couldn’t be more proud of our city and our team and are ecstatic for the 6th annual Woody’s Winter Warm-Up presented by Conagra Brands and the Wood Family Foundation at Harry Caray’s Tavern on January […]
After 108 years of waiting, the Chicago Cubs are finally world series champs! We couldn’t be more proud of our city and our team and are ecstatic for the 6th annual Woody’s Winter Warm-Up presented by Conagra Brands and the Wood Family Foundation at Harry Caray’s Tavern on January 13, 2017.
The Wood Family Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by MLB veteran, Kerry Wood, and his wife, Sarah, raising funds and awareness for children’s programs and charities across Chicagoland. Since its inception in 2011, WFF has sponsored summer baseball leagues for underprivileged youth, held multiple back-to-school drives, and recently aided in creating a playroom for children undergoing cancer treatment at the Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
This year’s festivities promise to be spectacular! General admission tickets are $250 per guest and include live music, premium drinks, and a first-class dinner buffet. Also be sure to bid on your favorite items during our silent and live auctions and enter the raffle for a chance to win fabulous prizes!
This is your chance to meet, mingle and snap a picture with the 2016 world champion Chicago Cubs, as well as meet other past and present sports celebrities from the Sox, Bulls, Bears and Blackhawks as they bartend for tips to support WFF, developing youth programs for Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood through afterschool and summer mentoring programs.
Doors open at 8:00 pm for booth and sponsors and 8:30 pm for general admission guests. For more information, please visit The Wood Family Foundation official website.
Navy Pier is giving away tickets to this SOLD OUT event! To enter, click here.
December 23, 2016 In Chicago, there are so many unique and fun ways to ring in the New Year, but it can be a little daunting trying to choose which is the best for you and your family. Luckily, we at Navy Pier have gathered all the events happening here into one easy list to […]
In Chicago, there are so many unique and fun ways to ring in the New Year, but it can be a little daunting trying to choose which is the best for you and your family.
Luckily, we at Navy Pier have gathered all the events happening here into one easy list to make your 2017 the most enjoyable year yet. Some events require tickets, so be sure to click the link on each for full details about the event.
The Classics – Perfect for the Whole Family
Noon Year’s Eve: Sometimes staying up until midnight can be hard for people of all ages. For those looking for an early celebration, join the Chicago’s Children’s Museum starting at 10:30am where children can make their own crafts and wait for the dance party at 11:30 and ball drop at noon!
New Year’s Eve at Harry Caray’s Tavern: Join us at Chicago’s famous Harry Caray’s Tavern for a night of handcrafted pizzas, burgers and cocktails until the fireworks at midnight. Open to all ages, we have a prime view of the south dock and the firework display. And for the adults, there is a champagne toast at midnight!
Fireworks: The Navy Pier New Year’s Eve fireworks presented by Miller Lite and Jewel-Osco will take place at approximately 12:00am.
New Year’s Eve at Riva Crab House: Join Riva Crab house to ring in 2017 with a little twist. From 5:00pm-2:00am, guests 21+ will receive complimentary Hors d’oeuvres, DJ, Complimentary champagne toast at midnight, hats and noisemakers.
DMK Burger Bar & Fish Bar New Year’s Eve: Get tickets to DMK’s exciting New Year’s celebration. For $95, guest get an open bar from 8:30pm-12:30am, DMK bites all night, champagne toast at midnight and more. Not to mention the prime view of the famous fireworks display!
Cruise into 2017 – A Night on Lake Michigan
Odyssey New Years Cruises: With a ticket on the Odyssey Cruises, you and your friends can toast the night away with a plated dinner, DJ, and Platinum Open Bar. Must be 21+ Tickets available for Saturday 12/31 and Sunday 1/1.
Mystic Blue New Year’s Eve Cruises: Hop aboard the Mystic Blue Cruises for a delicious buffet, live entertainment, Platinum Open Bar, and amazing views of the Chicago skyline! Must be 21+
Spirit of Chicago New Year’s Cruises: With options for lunch and dinner, The Spirit of Chicago can accommodate revelers of all ages. Enjoy food from our buffet menu, live entertainment and amazing views of the city from Lake Michigan. Champagne toasts at Noon and Midnight for those 21+
For a Big Bash…
The 5th Annual Resolution Gala: This is one of our most exciting and unique events on New Year’s Eve! Grab some friends, say farewell to 2016 and toast to 2017 in the Aon Grand Ballroom. Headlined by B96’s own DJ Metro, you can dance the night away with a fully stocked bar, the best buffet selection, and supreme views of the fireworks. Doors open at 8:15pm and you must be 21+ to enter.
Crystal Gardens New Year’s Eve: For the last 10 years, this party has been the talk of Chicago. Tickets include top shelf drinks, midnight champagne toast, private terrace to watch the fireworks, red carpet photos, special guest DJs and so much more! Must be 21+ to enter with cocktail/semi formal attire required.
With plenty of options, you are now equipped with Navy Pier’s ultimate guide to New Year’s Eve! Be sure to stop by for the best (and last) night of the year. Remember to celebrate responsibly and from all of us here, have a Happy New Year!!
December 16, 2016 Chicago Restaurant Week is one of the most anticipated events this city has to offer. For those that can’t wait to dive right into Chicago’s best dishes, Choose Chicago produced the First Bites Bash, an exciting sneak preview to the weeklong extravaganza. We are so excited to be the kickoff location for the […]
Chicago Restaurant Week is one of the most anticipated events this city has to offer. For those that can’t wait to dive right into Chicago’s best dishes, Choose Chicago produced the First Bites Bash, an exciting sneak preview to the weeklong extravaganza.
We are so excited to be the kickoff location for the 10th annual Chicago Restaurant Week with the First Bites Bash, which will be held in the Aon Grand Ballroom. For this unique dining experience, we have rolled out the red foodie carpet!
During the First Bites Bash, guests will have the opportunity to get dressed up, sample some of Chicago’s finest restaurants, sip on tasty drinks and hear from the city’s top chefs. Proceeds from this event will also benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Chef Sarah Grueneberg, of Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio, will host this year’s event. Chef Grueneberg skyrocketed from line cook to executive chef at the famed Chicago restaurant, Spiaggia. During her time as Executive Chef there, Spiaggia was awarded three consecutive Michelin Stars.
Whether you consider yourself a “foodie” or not, there is something for everyone at this magnificent food festival. This year, over 60 top restaurants and chefs will be in attendance including: Carnivale, Fig & Olive, Il Porcelino, Tavern on Rush, Pinstripes, and much more!
So grab a friend, taste the best food the city has to offer and help out your fellow Chicagoans! Then get ready for the weeklong dining showcase that is Chicago Restaurant Week.
The First Bites Bash will be held January 26, 2017 from 5:30-8:30pm in Navy Pier’s Aon Grand Ballroom. There is a limited quantity of Early Bird Admission tickets at $95 per person. Once those have run out, tickets are $125 per person, so act fast! All guests must be 21 years or over.
To purchase tickets and see a complete list of vendors click here.
December 8, 2016 The most wonderful time of the year is here, and so is the most winter-full indoor playground, the Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest. Now in its 16th year, the Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest runs from Dec. 2-Jan. 8. And with 170,000 square feet of attractions, there are a wide array of […]
The most wonderful time of the year is here, and so is the most winter-full indoor playground, the Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest.
Now in its 16th year, the Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest runs from Dec. 2-Jan. 8. And with 170,000 square feet of attractions, there are a wide array of wonderful ways to celebrate the holiday with your family, from ice skating to decor.
Attractions include a giant decorated tree, ice skating, hang gliding, a carousel, twirling hot cocoa cups, a starry slide and – of course – Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Make your trip even more magical and convenient by purchasing tickets in advance to skip the line. Plus, getting to Navy Pier is simple with public transit options, on-site parking and our Free Trolley service.
Plan your trip to Navy Pier’s Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest with these must-see attractions.
Giant Decorated Tree
The sparkling centerpiece of the Winter WonderFest is a 42-foot tree, decked in lights, gift boxes and dangling ornaments. It’s the ideal photo op that will leave you in awe.
Chicago Blackhawks Ice Skating Rink
Hit the ice without the “brr” on our indoor rink. Show off your pirouettes or help your pint-sized little ones have their first family-friendly skate. Purchase of an activity ticket is required.
Visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus
Whisper your heart’s desire (even if it’s that elusive Red Rider) to the Mr. and Mrs. from the North Pole. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the Claus Residence from Dec. 2-24, and your child can meet with them or an elf. Professional photographers will be on-site to capture the magical moment.
See it all from above with our special, indoor Ferris wheel. This 50-foot Ferris wheel is the best way to capture the view of the entire festival.
The Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest opens at 10 a.m. daily, with closing times varying by day. The festival is closed Dec. 25 for Christmas Day. Rides are subject to restrictions based on height and ticket type, so be sure to visit our guide to ensure your guests of all ages have a wonderful time.
November 29, 2016 Make memories at Navy Pier this holiday season. This year’s festivities are set to be bigger and better than ever during our Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration. Kick off the holiday season on November 30 with a new tradition. For the first time ever Navy Pier will host a holiday tree lighting […]
Make memories at Navy Pier this holiday season. This year’s festivities are set to be bigger and better than ever during our Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration.
Kick off the holiday season on November 30 with a new tradition. For the first time ever Navy Pier will host a holiday tree lighting ceremony and a special visit from Santa in Polk Bros Park. With caroling, live entertainment and plenty of holiday magic, this event is a sure hit for all.
On December 3, witness thousands of Santas dashing, dancing, and prancing along a lakefront course full of candy, cookies, and all of your favorite holiday imagery. We’re looking forward to hosting the post-race festivities full of food and drink specials from a variety of partners.
Experience the best of the season at the 16th Annual Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest through January 8. Featuring photo opportunities, rides, the Chicago Blackhawks indoor skating rink and more, the Fest offers fun for the whole family.
Various Chicago musical groups will perform in Polk Bros Park on Saturday December 3, 10, and 17 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m during Jingle Jamz. The green gateway to the Pier will feature various commended groups like the Wicker Park Choral Singers, Soul Children of Chicago, and Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus.
Warm up with the flavors of Chicago when you visit the pier. Help us welcome neighborhood favorites like Brown Sugar Bakery and DMK Burger Bar or revel in classics such as Billy Goat Tavern, Harry Caray’s, Riva Crabhouse or Garrett Popcorn. Food court classics like McDonald’s are on site as well.
Navy Pier is also the home of destinations like the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, the Driehaus Gallery of Stained Glass, an AMC IMAX Theatre, and the Chicago Children’s Museum. With several fun holiday activities for the little ones, the Chicago Children’s Museum is a great destination to beat the winter blues.
The Centennial Wheel is of course, our pièce de résistance. Savor the sights of the city day or night from the comfort of our climate-controlled gondolas. Illinois residents can take advantage of discounted Centennial Wheel tickets and reduced parking fees through the winter.
To learn more about holiday happenings on Navy Pier, click here.
November 17, 2016 We’re getting excited for the return of Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest! Opening on December 2, this year’s winter festival features over 170,000 feet of attractions and live entertainment for the whole family. Begin your journey into the fest by riding our Arctic Express Train through the holiday village. Attractions like our giant […]
We’re getting excited for the return of Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest! Opening on December 2, this year’s winter festival features over 170,000 feet of attractions and live entertainment for the whole family.
Begin your journey into the fest by riding our Arctic Express Train through the holiday village. Attractions like our giant Holiday Howdy Horse, Christmas tree, and visits with Santa are the perfect place to capture photos for those holiday cards.
Taking our Hot Cocoa Cups for a spin is the best way to beat cabin fever. Rise above the fair on the Cliff Hanger or our indoor Ferris wheel.
Let loose on our inflatable attractions. Challenge your friends and family to a race down the Arctic Plunge or dive through the Polar Extreme obstacle course.
Our Jingle Gym Jr. is full of fun for our younger guests. Attractions like Snowball Blitz, the Gumball Bouncer, an Arctic Wonder Obstacle Course and more cater to those 36” and under.
The whole family is welcome to try their hand on our mini golf course and Aquafina Create-A-Cookie House. Skate like your favorite Chicago Blackhawks on the indoor ice rink that shares their namesake.
Your imagination can soar as you scale our Ice Peaks Climbing Wall and take a polar plunge on one of our many slides.
Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest opens everyday at 10 am, December 2 through January 8 and will be closed on Christmas. Find more information about our hours here.
Make a day out of Winter WonderFest and purchase your tickets online. Our Activity Pass includes admission and access to all of the rides and activities. The Mini Pass is perfect for younger kids or adults that are simply accompanying their children. Learn more about the 16th Annual Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest at navypier.com/winter-wonderfest.
November 11, 2016 Seasons may change, but Chicago Shakespeare Theater never goes out of style. In between all the holiday festivities, head down to Navy Pier and make time for one of these three captivating performances. With incredible programming to finish out the 2016 year, the theater certainly knows how to finish up with a […]
Seasons may change, but Chicago Shakespeare Theater never goes out of style. In between all the holiday festivities, head down to Navy Pier and make time for one of these three captivating performances. With incredible programming to finish out the 2016 year, the theater certainly knows how to finish up with a bang.
Battle of the Bard
Chicago Youth Shakespeare and Chicago Shakespeare Theater have combined their unparalleled talent once again for the high school Shakespeare slam, Battle of the Bard (BOTB). This year, the program expanded to include 50 schools and 300 high school students across the Chicago and metropolitan area, allowing them to perform their own creative renditions of Shakespeare’s canon in a slam-style arena. Building on the universality of Shakespeare’s ability to speak to all, student performances combine the playwright with experiences from their own lives, developing a unique culture of community throughout the Chicago region.
This isn’t your average student theater program, and is one seasonal event you won’t want to miss. The Final Bout will be performed by the nine top-scoring teams from the Prelims on Monday, November 14 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Chicago Shakespeare’s Courtyard Theater on Navy Pier.
Spymonkey’s The Complete Deaths
‘Tis the season of laughter, joy, and everything in between. Spymonkey, the United Kingdom’s leading physical comedy company, will be performing The Complete Deaths from Nov. 30th to Dec. 11th upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare A World’s Stage.
There are over 70 onstage deaths in the works of William Shakespeare, from Julius Caesar to Hamlet, and Spymonkey will be reenacting all of them with an emotional twist. While the performances of each tragic fate vary, humor is always expected. This highly anticipated play will leave you shaking your belly like a bowl full of jelly, in the somber and hysterical tribute to the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
Swing into the holiday season with an inspiring and heartwarming musical event, Shakespeare Tonight!, on December 5. This mesmerizing marriage of Shakespeare and cabaret will feature top cabaret and musical theater performers from Chicago and beyond. Written by Chicago Shakespeare Theater Artistic Director, Bob Mason, with musical direction and arrangements by nationally renowned cabaret artist, Beckie Menzie, this captivating performance is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience Shakespeare in a new light.
November 4, 2016 Explore the history of Navy Pier with Chicagoland native Geoffrey Baer in WTTW’s “Navy Pier: A Century of Reinvention.” In the past 100 years Navy Pier has adapted to the needs of Chicago, serving as everything from a military training center to a college to a tourist destination. As the home of […]
Explore the history of Navy Pier with Chicagoland native Geoffrey Baer in WTTW’s “Navy Pier: A Century of Reinvention.”
In the past 100 years Navy Pier has adapted to the needs of Chicago, serving as everything from a military training center to a college to a tourist destination. As the home of Chicago’s Shakespeare Theatre and the Chicago Children’s Museum, as well as that of several special events, Navy Pier has served as an epicenter for culture in Chicago.
The world’s largest public pier and most visited leisure destination of the midwest recently celebrated its 100th birthday. In honor of our history and future to come, the Pier’s “Centennial Vision,” has enhanced the Pier through new dining options as well as visually stunning landscape and design features. The first part of the vision became a reality this summer with the unveiling of the Polk Bros Park Plaza at the beginning of the Pier, a greener and more contemporary South Dock promenade, the Polk Bros Park Fountain and of course, the installation of the Centennial Wheel.
Join Geoffrey Baer as he shares some little-known history of the Pier in an hour long special for PBS. Hailing from the northern suburbs, Baer is known for hosting or producing more than twenty various series for PBS including “10 That Changed America” and “Where in Chicago? With Geoffrey Baer.”
Geoffrey Baer’s “Navy Pier: A Century of Reinvention” premiered on WTTW Chicago last month and is available to stream for free on WTTW’swebsite.
October 28, 2016 Returning to Navy Pier once again this fall, the fourteenth iteration of the Chicago Toy & Game Fair will be held in Festival Hall November 19- 20, 2016. With previews of the hottest toys and unique events like the annual Star Wars Luncheon, ChiTAG is the perfect opportunity for you and your […]
Returning to Navy Pier once again this fall, the fourteenth iteration of the Chicago Toy & Game Fair will be held in Festival Hall November 19- 20, 2016.
With previews of the hottest toys and unique events like the annual Star Wars Luncheon, ChiTAG is the perfect opportunity for you and your family to unwind before the holidays.
On Friday, November 18 witness Toy & Game history during the PlayCHIC Fashion Show. Now in its 5th year, the PlayCHIC Fashion Show pairs toy and game companies with renowned fashion designers to channel their products through haute couture fashion.
Experience the Tesla Model S on a smaller level as Radio Flyer brings a test track and their version of the famed car to Navy Pier. “Adult” versions of the Tesla S and X models will also be on hand.
Get your child’s gears turning by entering the fair’s annual Young Inventors Challenge or the Young Tech Challenge! New this year, the Young Tech Challenge invites creators ages 8-22 to present their best tech ideas for the chance to win prizes, get feedback from the industry’s top play experts, and showcase their work to the media.
Join PomPomWow as they try to create a PomPom 20 feet tall and break the world record!
The Chicago Toy & Game Fair is open to the public Saturday, November 19, and Sunday, November 20 10 am to 5 pm.
Early bird tickets are $14 for adults and $7 for children and can be purchased here through November 14. Admission is free the entire weekend for Educators and Librarians, Scouts in uniform, Retail and Trade individuals, and Military Personnel and for Grandparents on Sunday, November 20. Learn more about the Chicago Toy & Game Fair here
October 20, 2016 This year’s Sculpture Objects and Functional Art Expo features a number of attractions including a selection of Lectures & Talks, Special Exhibitions, and the CONNECT student design competition. You can’t go wrong with any exhibit, but check out some of the highlights you should not miss! “Judy Mulford: Empty Chairs” Presented by browngotta […]
This year’s Sculpture Objects and Functional Art Expo features a number of attractions including a selection of Lectures & Talks, Special Exhibitions, and the CONNECT student design competition. You can’t go wrong with any exhibit, but check out some of the highlights you should not miss!
“Judy Mulford: Empty Chairs” Presented by browngotta arts
Judy Mulford’s mixed media installation, Empty Chairs, features 80 individually designed dollhouse chairs in frames. Empty Chairs is an autobiographical work Mulford created on the cusp of her 80th birthday and in celebration of life. Mulford’s work has previously been displayed at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum in Washington D.C., and the 12th International Biennial of Tapestry in Hungary.
Take a moment to sit, relax, and CONNECT to the fair as you enjoy the winning installation of the fourth annual CONNECT design competition. Students from six of the most promising design schools in America have been invited to compete for the opportunity to win $3000 and have their design be created by the Corning Museum of Glass at SOFA. Watch as the winning proposal will be created onsite during at the Corning Museum of Glass’s Hot Glass Roadshow stage.
“Who’s Joey Watson?”
Friday, November 4 11:00 am – 12 noon Room C
When asked about his work, up and coming artist Joey Watson stated, “I’m interested in the forces that ritual objects imply and the sequence of operations necessary to activate them. The work that I make is intended to be utilitarian, but within specialized circumstances.” Watson will discuss how his use of fabrication techniques and digital technology contribute to the performative nature associated with functional ceramics
Landscape of Glass in America: Benchmark for the Future
“Landscape of Glass in America” is the first presentation of research findings collected by the Glass Art Society and Chihuly Garden and Glass. An analysis of where the most active glass art communities in America are, this exhibit also incorporates work from exhibiting SOFA galleries that exemplify the top five trends of the country’s glass community.
SOFA CHICAGO is open Friday, November 4 and Saturday November 5, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and on Sunday, November 6 from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. General Admission tickets are $20 for a single day or $30 for a three-day pass and available in advance or at the door. Students and senior (with ID), and groups (10 or more) are $15. For more information and advance ticket sales visit www.sofaexpo.com
October 14, 2016 On Nov. 3-6 2016, it’s time for one of our favorite events of the year — a new edition of SOFA Chicago. The annual Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design Fair has been lighting up Navy Pier since 1994, and this year’s exposition looks like it will be one of the best yet. […]
On Nov. 3-6 2016, it’s time for one of our favorite events of the year — a new edition of SOFA Chicago. The annual Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design Fair has been lighting up Navy Pier since 1994, and this year’s exposition looks like it will be one of the best yet.
Unlike a lot of similar art events, SOFA puts its emphasis on three-dimensional pieces that split the difference between decorative and fine art. Littered with different, unique galleries full of masterpieces by today’s top artists and designers all over the world, SOFA pulls in about 35,000 people a year, with an average of $15-20 million in sales per show.
What to do at SOFA
Wherever your interests lie, it will be hard to fit all of them in over the three days we’re hosting SOFA Chicago.
Let’s say you love both fine wines and even finer jewelry. Be sure to stop by Art and Wine: Gioiella in Fermento, an international exhibit in which studio jewelry designers have drawn their inspiration from the wine world to create beautiful works of raw craftsmanship. Or let’s say you’d rather think more locally: An exhibit curated from the very best of the young Chicago artists studying at ChiArts (Illinois’ very first public arts high school) can’t be missed. And then, in honor of World AIDS Days on Dec. 1, there’s LIFE : FIGHT : LOVE, which stands against the notion that the fight against AIDS is already won; HIV/AIDS survivor Jim Petrakis will share his experiences throughout the fair while living in a space full of challenging art designed by DIFFA/Chicago.
With many additional special exhibits on display, over 50 galleries from across the world, lectures and more, SOFA Chicago 2016 is a bonafide can’t-miss for art lovers. And with the incredible views from Navy Pier, we can’t imagine a better way to spend a long weekend.
Attending SOFA Chicago
We will be hosting SOFA Chicago in our Festival Halls A and B. You can even use a complimentary art shuttle service between SOFA, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the River North Gallery district. Here’s a map of everything going down at Navy Pier on Nov. 3-6 and where to find them.
There’s a wide range of options for tickets, from a $30 three-day pass to the $150 opening night VIP preview. General admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more ticketing information, just go here and order your tickets to the art event of the year now.
October 7, 2016 Ready to get your spook on? From trick-or-treating to fireworks, Navy Pier is your haunted headquarters for two weekends this Halloween, Oct. 22-23 and Oct. 28-31. Grab your family, friends and scariest – or kookiest – costume for nonstop free activities and surprises lurking around every corner. Navy Pier will also host […]
Ready to get your spook on? From trick-or-treating to fireworks, Navy Pier is your haunted headquarters for two weekends this Halloween, Oct. 22-23 and Oct. 28-31.
Grab your family, friends and scariest – or kookiest – costume for nonstop free activities and surprises lurking around every corner. Navy Pier will also host a few adults-only ticketed events, which are sure to be a nightmarish nights out.
Halloween festivities kick off with a special screening of “Hotel Transylvania” on Saturday, Oct. 22. Bring your own chair or blanket and enjoy the old-school frightening flick at 6 p.m. at Polk Bros. Park.
Navy Pier will also participate in The Halloween Gathering Spectacle Parade, sponsored by the The Chicago Cultural Mile, from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22. This colorful event brings together some of the city’s top cultural organizations and artists for a march along Columbus Drive from Balbo Street to Monroe Street.
But that’s just the beginning. Other highlights include a haunted maze, trick-or-treating and speciality Lake Michigan cruises. See the full schedule here.
Trick-or-treat along Navy Pier with a stampable “passport” and redeem it for a prize. Trick-or-treating will take place on Sunday, Oct. 23, Sunday, Oct. 30 and Monday, Oct. 31 from noon to 4 p.m.
Amazing Chicago’s Haunted Maze
Navy Pier’s funhouse maze gets a monstrous twist this holiday. On select nights, explore 4,000 square feet of terrifying tunnels and mazes during Amazing Chicago’s Haunted Maze. The Haunted Maze will be open from 6-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28; 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29; 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30; and 4-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. Admission is $15 per person.
Show off your most creative costumes and terrifying transformations during a family-friendly costume contest on Saturday, Oct. 29. Head to the Family Pavilion to register at 4 p.m., or watch the contest beginning at 5 p.m.
Enjoy a Navy Pier classic with a creepy twist. A special Halloween Fireworks display will take place Saturday, Oct. 29 at 9:30 p.m.
Additional ticketed, 21+ events:
The 2nd Annual Haunted Halloween Ball: Celebrate with costumed flair in the Grand Ballroom for a night of dancing with the walking dead at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. Purchase tickets here.
Nightmare on the Pier: Step out on Lakeview Terrace and continue the party at the Haunted Halloween Ball with 3,000 of your creepiest friends and additional DJs, cash bar and fireworks at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Purchase tickets here.
The Haunted Ghost Ship Aboard the Spirit of Chicago: Enjoy a night of midnight madness aboard the haunted Spirit of Chicago at 11:15 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. Sip cocktails and boogie with the boogieman until much past the witching hour. Purchase tickets here.
Shipwrecked Halloween Party Cruise: Let your Halloween costume party set sail aboard the Spirit of Chicago at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31. Drink from a cash bar and party with a live DJ spinning the best hits of the year. Purchase tickets here.
September 30, 2016 Dinner and a movie can wait. Head down to Navy Pier for dinner and a show to shake things up. The Chicago Shakespeare Theater has an incredible few months of programming to finish up 2016. The epic plays and musicals in the Subscription Series, world premieres of new works, and magical performances for families, […]
Dinner and a movie can wait. Head down to Navy Pier for dinner and a show to shake things up. The Chicago Shakespeare Theater has an incredible few months of programming to finish up 2016. The epic plays and musicals in the Subscription Series, world premieres of new works, and magical performances for families, Chicago Shakespeare Theater will continue to engage audiences around the city.
Be sure to catch Tug of War: Civil Strife at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier which will be running till October 9th. Power plays, ego, lust, humor and, yes, even love: no writer surpassed Shakespeare in portraying the forces that drive leaders to war—or the wisdom and valor of the common soldier. Twenty-two actors including a four-member band form the company that will satisfy your craving for a multi-episode immersion into some of the most brilliant stories of the cyclical human condition.
Hamlet gets turned on its head in The Revenge of Prince Zi Dan. Internationally renowned Shanghai Jingju Theatre Company transforms Shakespeare’s Hamlet into one of China’s most impressive forms of traditional art, setting the story in the fictitious ancient Chinese state of the Red City. Here, as in Shakespeare’s classic, the prince becomes disillusioned after discovering his uncle has killed his father and seduced his mother.
One month wasn’t enough for King Charles III, so you’ll be able to see this spectacular event from November 5 – January 15, 2017. Winner of the 2015 Olivier Award for best new play, playwright Mike Bartlett artfully invokes the pomp and prose of Shakespeare’s greatest works. The Queen is dead. Long live the King. King Charles III, that is. After decades as “king in waiting,” Prince Charles ascends to the throne. His first official act: to rubber stamp Parliament’s bill restricting freedom of the press, but Charles III refuses in a provocative act of conscience.
In December, the award-winning British company Cheek by Jowl returns to Chicago with a new production of one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. The Winter’s Tale will be on the Chicago Shakespeare Theater stage from December 14-21. A delusional and paranoid king tears his family apart, but the struggle for redemption yields flickers of hope. Initial darkness gives way to joy as Time leads the characters to a shattering conclusion.
September 23, 2016 The Santa Hustle 5K is coming to town and is ready to put you in the holiday spirit this season on December 3, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. at Soldier Field. There’s no better way to start the merriest month of the year than with a holiday-themed 5K. Grab your favorite group of […]
The Santa Hustle 5K is coming to town and is ready to put you in the holiday spirit this season on December 3, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. at Soldier Field. There’s no better way to start the merriest month of the year than with a holiday-themed 5K.
Grab your favorite group of elves for a trek along the lakeshore with stops for cookies, candy, music, and more. Throw your Santa beard on to keep you warm along with your brand new performance hoodie! Once you cross that finish line to get your well-deserved medal, you can hustle on over to Navy Pier for the post-run after party.
The bars at Navy Pier open early at 10 a.m. to help you celebrate your great holiday achievement. Be sure to keep your race bib to take advantage of all the great food and drink specials. As you’re getting into the holiday spirit, you’re also supporting the American Cancer Society. So register before it’s too late and we’ll be waiting at the Pier with a drink for you after the Santa Hustle!
September 16, 2016 Summertime at the Navy Pier is what we’re known for, but as the weather gets crisper we have some of our best events and programming along the lakefront. Squeeze in a play at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater or bring the tykes to the Chicago Children’s Museum before experiencing many of the great rides at […]
Summertime at the Navy Pier is what we’re known for, but as the weather gets crisper we have some of our best events and programming along the lakefront. Squeeze in a play at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater or bring the tykes to the Chicago Children’s Museum before experiencing many of the great rides at Pier Park before they close for the season. We’ve got a full season of fun planned at Navy Pier before winter strikes and we can’t wait to see you there.
EXPO Chicago, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, opens the fall art season each September at historic Navy Pier. Entering its fifth edition in 2016, Expo Chicago presents artwork from leading international galleries and offers a curated blend of contemporary and modern art, design and new technology. The museum-quality, concept-driven programming will attract the world’s top artists, thinkers, curators and collectors, all with the common aim of fostering new dialogue within the international art community. For more information, click here.
Chicago Blackhawks Skate by the Lake
Before winter comes, you can enjoy the best winter activity. Our summer ice rink will remain open until October 31! Bring your own ice skates or rent them at the rink.
Mystic Blue Craft Brew Cruises
Mystic Blue and Brewfest Partners are excited to host a series of Craft Brew Cruises departing from Navy Pier. Cruise with us on Lake Michigan and enjoy samples from some of the hottest craft breweries while you snack on light bites, dance to DJ entertainment and take in views of the beautiful Chicago skyline. Book Your Cruise Online.
The Haunted Halloween Ball
Join us on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, for an evening of mischief, mayhem, and memories for the Haunted Halloween Ball at the Aon Grand Ballroom! With panoramic views of Lake Michigan and the city skyline, step inside the elegant Grand Ballroom for a decadent evening of mystery, glamour, and gruesome costumes. This evening of haunted grandeur offers access to two parties (The Haunted Halloween Ball at Grand Ballroom + Saints & Sinners at Lakeview Terrace) for the ultimate night of luxury and fright. This is one chilling affair presented by ChiTownEvents.com you won’t want to miss. Click here for more information.
Miller Lite Presents: Park Tailgate and Ride at Harry Caray’s Tavern
Celebrate Bears’ football with Miller Lite and the best tailgate party in Chicago. Come to Harry Caray’s Tavern at Navy Pier where you can park, party and ride to all Chicago Bears’ home games in style. Food specials and ticket giveaways aren’t a bad touch, either. Click here for more information.
Image Credit: @EXPOchicago via Instagram September 9, 2016 Kick off the fall art season with EXPO Chicago, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art at Navy Pier, taking place Sept. 22 to 25, 2016. Now in its fifth year, EXPO Chicago includes more than 140 galleries from around the world, in addition to highlighting […]
Kick off the fall art season with EXPO Chicago, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art at Navy Pier, taking place Sept. 22 to 25, 2016.
Now in its fifth year, EXPO Chicago includes more than 140 galleries from around the world, in addition to highlighting work from emerging galleries with EXPOSURE, a section for younger galleries to participate in a major art fair and for curators, collectors and patrons to see the best in innovative art.
EXPO Chicago also includes dynamic on-site programing, including:
Special Exhibitions: Exhibitions showcasing select international organizations, nonprofits and institutions
/Dialogues: Panel discussions presented in partnership with The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
EXPO VIDEO: A curated selection of new media, film and video works.
IN/SITU and IN/SITU Outside: Dramatic installation art including suspended and large-scale works both inside and around the city of Chicago.
EXPO Projects: A curated selection of site-specific projects presented both on the main floor of the exposition, and throughout the city of Chicago.
The Special Exhibitions program features select regional, national, and international non-profit institutions, museums, and organizations to be included on the main floor of the exposition. EXPO CHICAGO’s Special Exhibitions offer unique, high-quality installations, joining 140 leading galleries from around the world featured throughout Navy Pier’s iconic Festival Hall. Complementing the surrounding elements of the fair, this program illustrates and preserves the important relationship between contemporary and modern art and non-profit organizations.
Presented in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), /Dialogues offers panel discussions, conversations and provocative artistic discourse with leading artists, curators, designers and arts professionals on the current issues that engage them. This year’s presenters include world-renowned curator Hans Ulrich; author and cultural sociologist Sarah Thornton and artist Kerry James Marshall; artist Deana Lawson and Director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami Franklin Sirmans; Independent Curator Guillaume Désanges and International Curator of The Philippe Méaille Collection – Château de Montsoreau Jill Silverman van Coenegrachts.
Highlighting the vast cultural opportunities that Chicago offers collectors, dealers, art enthusiasts and visitors, EXPO Chicago —in conjunction with Choose Chicago, the city’s tourism and marketing organization and Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE)—presents EXPO Art Week Sept. 19-25. With the exposition as its centerpiece, EXPO Art Week features the city’s most prestigious institutions with select aligned programming for this citywide celebration of arts and culture including museum exhibitions, gallery openings, outdoor installations, public art projects, music, theater and dance performances.
EXPO Chicago is open for General Admission from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. Purchase General Admission tickets here. Vernissage 2016, the preview event, opens the fair with a grand reception fundraiser for the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Education Fund. The extraordinary benefit, organized by the MCA’s Women’s Board, is Chicago’s most anticipated art event of the year. Purchase your tickets for Vernissage 2016 here.